When it comes to area colleges and universities, 2012 may never match the drama and the chaos of 2011.
For some schools, that's probably not a bad thing.
Between the five major colleges and universities in the Huntsville area, all had significant story lines in 2011 that continue into 2012.
•The University of Alabama in Huntsville dealt with an unexpected change in leadership when David Williams resigned as president in March. After a six-month search, the school replaced him with Robert Altenkirch. But UAH had myriad other issues that haven't faded as the calendar changed. They include a newly-formed committee of business leaders studying ways to improve the school's stature within the parent UA System.